New York

New York

Habitat for Humanity (Buffalo)

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Contact:  Alyssa Wojciechowski  
   1675 South Park Ave
   Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone:  716.204.0740 ext 106

Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo establishes partnerships among God's people to give a helping hand to families who otherwise would be unable to achieve their dream of ownership of a simple decent house in a safe environment.

Project/Focus:  Construction of rehab sites in the city of Buffalo, in partnership with lower income families.  Volunteers will be assigned interior or exterior tasks depending on the stage of the building process, weather and other factors.  Tasks can range from gutting and general carpentry tasks, to drywall installation, drywall finishing, painting and trim work.  Vinyl siding occurs as well.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Project provides orientation, local information, site supervision, materials and supplies. Group leaders provide own programming.  Habitat for Humanity Youth Advocacy Toolkit related to poverty and affordable housing available at                                            

Time:  Work times are available year round.  Book early to get the week that best suits your group.  Weeks in June, July, or August are suggested.

Group Size:  Up to 20-25.

Minimum Age:  16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations: Low cost housing is available at a local college in the summer and year round at two retreat centers or in local churches.  These accommodations need to be booked as early as possible.  

Cost:  A suggested donation of $100 per person/week will assist  in this housing ministry.

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 Cluster 13, Inc. (Camden)

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: Betty Carpenter, Chair
   P.O. Box 113 (84 Main St.)
   Camden, NY 13316-0113
Phone:  315.245.5758

Cluster 13 helps people maintain safe, warm and dry homes and to avoid displacement by old age, disability or major economic problems.  Cluster 13 is a group of small rural churches.

Project/Focus: Building, renovation, and repair of homes for those with unmet housing needs—mostly rural or county areas. Roofing, electrical, plumbing, and structural work on projects we select and supervise.  Participants with some construction skills are helpful.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders responsible for own programming.

Time: Work is June-August.  Housing for groups is available late June through August.

Group Size: 10–35 per group.  Larger groups can be accommodated in the summer.  Small adult groups are welcome during the school year. 

Minimum Age:  16 years preferred.  Junior high school aged participants will have more limited work projects available. 
Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5 Adult supervision required.

Accommodations: Groups are usually housed in area churches and use the school system showers.   Large groups (40-60+) use a school gymnasium with showers. Group brings own sleeping bags. Church services are available at sponsoring churches.

Cost: Donation of at least $150 per person in the group helps pay for the project materials.  Cluster 13 provides welcome dinner and one evening picnic.  Groups are responsible for other meals.

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 Project Hospitality, Inc. (Staten Island)

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Contact: Deacon Paul Kosinski
   100 Park Avenue
   Staten Island, NY 10302
Phone: 718.448.1544, ext. 134
Fax:  718.720.5476
Web site:

Project Hospitality is an interfaith effort to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and care for people with HIV/AIDS.  Faith in Action is the educational mission program of Project Hospitality.

Project/Focus: Groups will have the opportunity to serve in a soup kitchen and food pantry, assist with food drives at local supermarkets, and potentially help clean up homes, churches, parks and beaches, among other activities.  Groups help in many ways at our emergency, transitional, and family shelters, and meet and talk with people who have experienced homelessness illness and hunger.

Educational/Advocacy Components: The orientation program includes a history of poverty, homelessness and HIV/AIDS in New York City and the community’s response to it.  There is conversation about current issues and solutions in which Project Hospitality is involved.  Throughout the week groups participate in two educational seminars, one on homelessness and the other on HIV/AIDS.  Clients having dealt with these issues share personal testimonies.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and to continue the discussion upon returning home. Resources and ideas for follow-up on hunger, homelessness, mental illness, and living with HIV/AIDS are available at under "Issues and Public Policy."  Worship, scripture sharing and theological reflection are integral to the on-site and follow-up experience.

Time: Week-long mission programs are available year-round. The program runs from Sunday evening until Saturday morning. Please email or call for a registration packet.

Group Size: Maximum of 20 people per group.

Minimum Age:  Youth must have completed ninth grade, the minimum age is 13.  High school, college, adult, and inter-generational groups are welcome. 

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5, entire group must include 2 adults

Accommodations:   Housing is arranged for Faith in Action groups at, Faith United Methodist Church (FUMC) located 4 blocks away from Project Hospitality's administrative offices.  FUMC has restrooms, a shower, full kitchen with stoves, ovens and refrigerator, one small room generally used to store belongings and a large hall.  

Cost: Total cost is $150 per person for a week-long trip.  From this amount, a $150 registration deposit for the group (nonrefundable) is required in advance.

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 Youth Service Opportunities Project [YSOP] (New York)

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Contact: Lisa Gesson, National Program Director
   15 Rutherford Place
   New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212.598.0973 ext. 100
Web site:

YSOP is committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference.

Project/Focus: Volunteers work with a variety of organizations in New York City and Washington D.C.  Sites include direct and indirect service at soup kitchens, food and clothing banks, transitional shelters, and other agencies serving people in need.

Educational/Advocacy Components: By combining meaningful volunteer work with an educational, service learning component YSOPers provide vital services to people in need and at the same time are able to reflect on their experience and broaden their perspectives.  YSOP staff provide an orientation at the beginning of the program and reflections after each period of service. During week long and overnight programs, volunteers cook, serve and share in a meal with homeless and hungry guests one evening during the week.  Guest speakers offered during week long and overnight programs and upon request.  

Time:  Daylong, overnight and week long mission trips are available year round.

Group Size: Group size varies depending on program.  Service Days and Service Weeks: 120-150 participants; Overnight Work Camps:  20-50.  For large groups, please allow up to one year for planning.

Minimum Age:  current 7th graders

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations: Simple accommodations in the Friends Meeting House are provided for Overnight Work Camps (bring own sleeping bags).  Food, supervision by YSOP staff, orientation, and education/reflection programs are included.  No TVs, radios, music players, alcohol, nonprescription drugs, or smoking.  Service Weeks stay in hostels, churches or hotels in the area, and include time for recreation and sightseeing.

Cost: Fees per participant:  Overnight Workcamp $107.00, Service Week $147.00, Service Day $52.00.

See also YSOP in District of Columbia 

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 Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (New York)

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Contact: Tony Ponella
   410 West 40th Street
   New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212.594.4464
Fax:  212.594.7494
Web site: and 

Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries serves as the social ministry arm of Metro Baptist Church.  Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries coordinates twelve on-going community programs, including among others:  after-school program, Summer day camp, teen center, food pantry, English-as-a-Second-Language classes, and winter clothes closet.  Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM) seeks to uplift and empower the neighborhood of "Hells' Kitchen" by offering direct services and educational opportunities, which encourage and enable both personal and community growth.  RMM seeks to initiate a renewal of cooperative vision for social ministry in New York City and in urban centers throughout the United States.  Metro Baptist Church is part of the Alliance of Baptists.

Project/Focus:  The service opportunities in the urban immersion program include volunteering at area soup kitchens, food pantries and after-school programs, learning about gang interventions in Brooklyn and touring some of America's oldest churches.

Educational/Advocacy Components: The Urban Immersion program offers the opportunity to learn, listen and serve alongside one another in the heart of New York City.  The goal is to challenge participants to ask difficult questions and explore together how faith fits into this experience.  RMM and Metro staff lead all sessions and debriefing during the group's stay.  Group leaders are welcome to take part in leading these sessions.  RMM coordinates volunteer opportunities and informational sessions with other organizations taking part in justice work in the city.

Time: One week trips booked January - June, August -December 

Group Size: 15-25.

Minimum Age:  15 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:10

Accommodations: Fourth floor of the church.  A large dorm room has 18 beds and a small dorm room has 10 beds.  Groups bring their own bed linens.  Housing space includes a communal shower room and bathroom.  Groups have access to the kitchen in the basement fellowship hall.  A mission team lounge includes couches and a computer for the group's use.  Be advised that there is no elevator.

Cost: One week:  $3,750 for 15 participants or less with $250 for each additional participant.  The cost for trips of other lengths can be negotiated.

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700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115